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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Doing Epistemic (In)justice to Semenya
Author(s): Amy-Chinn, Dee
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Keywords: Athletics
Gender Verification
Sex Testing
Issue Date: Feb-2011
Citation: Amy-Chinn D (2011) Doing Epistemic (In)justice to Semenya, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 6 (3), pp. 311-326.
Abstract: In August 2009, Caster Semenya won the women’s 800m event at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Berlin. This victory became a global news story not because Semenya was a newcomer to athletics who had outperformed an established field – but because of the fact that before the race she had been asked to undergo tests to determine whether or not she was a woman. This article uses a hermeneutics of suspicion to argue that the controversy surrounding Semenya was based on a set of assumptions that, although incorrect, drew on hegemonic understandings of sex and gender that dominate the discourse of sport, and were adopted by the media without question. As a consequence, Semenya became the victim of what Miranda Fricker has termed epistemic injustice – a condition that arises when individuals or experiences are marginalized as a result of the absence of concepts and language that would enable us to articulate reality differently.
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Rights: Published in International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. Copyright © Intellect Ltd 2010. doi: 10.1386/mcp.6.3.311_1

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